Rick Pitino

The college basketball world was shocked when longtime Maryland Terrapins men’s basketball head coach Mark Turgeon decided to step away from the program in December after 11 years with the school.

Danny Manning has been the interim coach since but things have not been great for the school in Turgeon’s absence. They find themselves near the bottom of the Big Ten, sitting at just 14-15 on the season with the NCAA tournament approaching very quickly. It seems that Manning will not be the full-time solution for the Terrapins, and reports have come out that the university has a clear number one option to replace him going forward.

The University of Maryland is reportedly heavily pursuing Iona head coach Rick Pitino to become their new head coach next season, according to The Sports Junkies at 106.7 The Fan.

These rumors have Maryland fans very excited for what Pitino could do for the school should he be interested in the job.

Pitino is currently in his second season at Iona and has transformed the team to one of the best mid-major schools in the country, currently sitting at 24-5 and atop the MAAC conference.

After working at Providence, Kentucky, and for the Boston Celtics, Pitino is perhaps best known for his time at Louisville, which ended with him being fired due to FBI investigations into corruption under his watch in 2017.

It may be one-sided interest coming from the side of Maryland however, as Pitino said earlier last month that he wants to stay at Iona and was even negotiating a lifetime contract with the school.

While many saw Iona as a stepping stool for Pitino to return to a powerhouse school, Pitino has really turned Iona into a very good program. Iona made the NCAA tournament last season, and it appears they are well on their way to make it again this season, so it will certainly be interesting to see whether or not Pitino will jump at the chance to coach in a powerhouse conference again at Maryland.


About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.